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Eighth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management

25–26 September 2013, Genève • The main objective of the meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management is to review the implementation of the programme of work for 2013–2015. The eighth meeting of UNECE’s Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management will be held from 25–26 September 2013 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

 
Cooperation for a Water Wise World: Partnerships for Sustainable Development – new report by SIWI

Ahead of the World Water Week in Stockholm, the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has released its report «Cooperation for a Water Wise World: Partnerships for Sustainable Development». The report will serve as an input to the World Water Week, taking place from 1–6 September 2013, in Stockholm, Sweden, on the theme «Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships».

 
UNECE’s First Workshop «River Basin Commissions and Other Joint Bodies for Transboundary Water Cooperation: Legal and Institutional Aspects»

23–24 September 2013, Genève • Despite its lengthy title, UNECE’s upcoming workshop on river basin commissions could be an interesting one. »Recognizing the importance of exchange of experience on the establishment and functioning of joint bodies, the Parties to the Water Convention have included in the Work Programme for 2013–2015 two workshops to promote the exchange of experience and good practices between joint bodies worldwide and to draw lessons learned and recommendations.«

 
Science and Art of Water Cooperation – World Water Week workshop

UNESCO’s IHP and WWAP through their PCCP associated programme are co-convening a workshop at the World Water Week with SIWI, the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science Technology, SaciWATERs and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The Workshop will focus on the Science and Art of Water Cooperation.

 
Book of the Year 2012: Bankrupting Nature – Denying our Planetary Boundaries

Bankrupting Nature 120We are well into the year 2013, so it is safe to say what our 2012 Book of the Year is. It is «Bankrupting Nature – Denying our Planetary Boundaries».
This powerful book shows us that we are in deep denial about the magnitude of the global environmental challenges and resource constraints facing the world. Despite growing scientific consensus on major environmental threats as well as resource depletion, societies are largely continuing with business as usual, at best attempting to tinker at the margins of the problems.

 
UNESCO’s Director-General attends International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation in Dushanbe

On 20 August 2013, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, His Excellency Mr Emomali Rahmon, participated at the opening ceremony of the International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation. The Dushanbe High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation, organized by the Government of Tajikistan on 20 and 21 August, comes as a contribution from Tajikistan to the implementation of Resolution 67/204 of the UN General Assembly concerning the implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC).

 
UNESCO’s IHP newsletter July 2013

The International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO is pleased to launch this inaugural issue of its Newsletter, with the kind support of the Secretariat of the Netherlands National Committee IHP-HWRP. This initiative aims to strengthen knowledge sharing and increase awareness of our activities amongst Members States and the UNESCO Water Family. We would welcome suggestions and feedback.

 
Strengthening the Basis for Water Cooperation across Borders – World Water Week seminar

During the upcoming World Water Week in Stockholm, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), together with a dozen of international water partners, will organize a seminar on water cooperation across borders including the multi-level governance of internationally shared freshwaters. Convened during the International Year of Water Cooperation, the seminar will address key instruments, tools, institutions and ongoing initiatives aimed at strengthening governance and supporting transboundary water cooperation, taking into account national perspectives.

 
New paths to international environmental cooperation

In 2012, the Government of the Netherlands asked the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) to produce an advisory report on global environmental public goods. The request was prompted by the observation in the Advisory Council on Government Policy’s report «Attached to the World» that the Netherlands is increasingly affected by complex global issues such as climate change, energy and security, and by the interrelations between these issues. The government notes that global environmental public goods are particularly important for global stability and security, as well as sustainable economic growth and prosperity. An improved ‘supply’ and regulation of environmental goods – a stable climate, access to energy and resources, an adequate water supply and preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems – are essential for growth and stability in rich countries, emerging middle-income countries and poor countries.

 
Without Water, Revolution

In the Sunday Review, part of the International Herald Tribune, Thomas Friedman describes how he – during his recent visit to Syria – was shaken up by a local school. »War refugees had occupied the classrooms and little kids’ shirts and pants were drying on a line strung across the playground. [...] Classes had not been held in two years. And that is what terrified me. Men with guns I’m used to. But kids without books, teachers or classes for a long time — that’s trouble. Big trouble.« The Jafaf, or drought, is one of the key drivers of the Syrian war.

 
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